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Cannabis cafe owner to face drug charge

The Liverpool Echo, 30th April 2005

THE owner of Merseyside’s first cannabis cafe will appear in court accused of a drug offence.

Police arrested businessman Gary Youds during a night raid at the cafe, on Holt Road, Kensington-yesterday. Mr Youds, 35, of Cavan Road, Clubmoor, was charged with permitting the use of cannabis on the premises.

He was released on bail and will appear before Liverpool-magistrates next Thursday.

Liverpool council is trying to shut down the cafe because it does not have a business licence.

Residents in Kensington scrapped plans for a petition against the cafe after being invited to tour the cafe, the Chillin Rooms. Enid Bristow, of Needham residents’ association, who visited the property, said: “It’s very nice inside.”

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